There is no Louisiana law requiring private sector employers to provide employees sick leave, paid or unpaid, although many employers do grant it as an important employee benefit.
It is important to remember, however, that if sick leave is promised, an employer may create a legal obligation to grant it. Employers should regularly review statements made in handbooks or elsewhere to ensure that they accurately reflect current policies. If changes are necessary, the policy should be revised and employees notified of the changes.
Local mandatory minimums prohibited. Local governmental subdivisions are barred by state law from establishing a mandatory minimum number of vacation or sick leave days for employees of private employers, whether paid or unpaid (LA R.S. 23:642).